Sunday, February 25, 2024

Sarah’s Hotspot: Shop #HAMONT- Your 2022 Local Gift Guide

The Art Gallery of Hamilton Shop

What: Local Art/Gifts, Books, Art History.
Where: 123 King Street West, or online

Credit: The AGH

The Art Gallery of Hamilton’s Shop might be a little hidden away, but this Gallery store is not one to be overlooked.

Filled to the brim with Hamiltonian-made gifts, artisans, and local artists, the AGH Shop is the perfect stop for your artsy loved ones.

Got a loved one who’s a reader? Shop the Gallery’s catalogue collection and gift some art history this season. Find artist biographies, books focusing on Black, Indigenous, and Queer identities, and books filled with beautiful art.

Find locally-created fashion, jewellery, mugs, glassware, the AGH and Hamilton merch, and art supplies for the artist in your life. Located at 123 King Street West, make sure to tour the Gallery before you leave- it’s free on Thursdays!

Mooncraft Market

What: Artisan Market; Wiccan Products, Soaps & Body Products, Plants & Accessories.
Where: 295 James Street North, or online

Credit: Mooncraft Market

From tarot cards and smoke cleansing ritual tools, to bath bombs and candles, knitted hats and bags, woodworks, plants and accessories, to spooky homeware items and gifts- Mooncraft Market has it all.

New to the James Street scene, the Mooncraft Market stands out amongst the other stores on the bustling street, focusing on providing an array of alternative gifts for practicing wiccans, spiritual folks, and plant parents!

Grab a few succulents, a horror novel, and organic soaps all in the same James Street North building, and find the perfect gift for your witchy friend.

Grey Harbour

What: Tattoo Shop
Where: 172 James Street North (online shopping available soon)

As of publishing this article, Grey Harbour’s shop portion of their website is currently under maintenance, but you can expect to be able to purchase their hoodies and other accessories very soon!

The best gift for a tattoo lover? Gift cards.

That’s right- purchase a tattoo voucher from Grey Harbour directly from their website or from an artist in person for the tattooed friend in your life, and help invest in their next piece!

Browse the shop’s artists on their website or socials, including; Tom Penny, Steven James, Rob Vino, Nicolas E. Capretta and junior artist Tay Downs.

Real Fruit Juice

What: 2SLGBTQIA+ Apparel
Where: Available at 150 James Street North, or online

Credit: Real Fruit Juice

Created by Chrisy Hurn-Morrison of Basement Revolver and sold at Daddy’s Plastic at 150 James Street North, Real Fruit Juice is a clothing line that donates 25% of all profits to 2SLGBTQIA+ charities, as well as charities who provide help for those suffering from disordered eating throughout North America.

Available in unisex sizes XS-4X, Real Fruit Juice sells sweat suits, t-shirts, long sleeves, toques, bucket hats, and more!

Order online and receive FREE pick-up in Hamilton!

Hamilton Antique Mall

What: Vintage Furniture/Clothes, Rare Finds, Collectibles
Where: 233 Ottawa Street North, or online

Trying to find something truly unique for that particular person in your life? Why not go on a thrift hunt?

The Hamilton Antique Mall is famous around the GTHA for it’s four floors of seemingly endless booths. If you need a gift for that person who truly has everything, take a trip down to 233 Ottawa Street North and start scavenging.

There’s rooms of vintage furniture, artwork, and second-hand clothing all sold by local curators. Not only will you leave with a uniquely hand-picked gift, but you’ll be supporting small businesses!


What: Pet Themed Gifts & Accessories
Where: 171 Locke Street South, or online

This Locke Street classic sits atop AMO Gelato Caffe and specializes in pet accessories, animal-themed gifts, and home décor.

Need a gift for your furry friend? Find an array of snacks, toys, and pet accessories, and if you’re shopping for an animal lover, you can find clothing, home décor, and even baby products!

You can find Nest at 171 Locke Street South.

Hamilton Anti-Racism Resource Centre

What: Give back!
Where: 1 James Street North, Room 106

Credit: HARRC

Interested in giving a less materialistic gift this season? Consider donating to a local cause on behalf of a loved one.

HARRC, or Hamilton Anti-Racism Resource Centre, is an organization created to help fight racism within Hamilton. Here’s a statement from their website:

“We are committed to making Hamilton a more inclusive community free of racism and hate. Your support means we can stand up and speak out on behalf of those who are impacted by racism, provide resources and referral services to individuals and community groups. Your support means we can stand up and speak out on behalf of those who are impacted by racism, provide resources and referral services to individuals and community groups. This also includes gathering important data to assist with advocating for legislative changes to address systemic racism.”

If you have any questions, email: [email protected]

Madam Bonbon

What: Chocolates, Chocolate Bars.
Where: 165 Locke Street South, or online

Credit: Madam Bonbon

Another Locke Street shop, Madam Bonbon is a small batch chocolate business that just opened its doors!

Select a variety of handcrafted chocolates made in #HAMONT at 165 Locke Street South.

Choose from their current holiday collection of chocolates, their salted butter caramels, and their chocolate bars.

The shop is open Wednesday to Sunday, and you can purchase individual chocolates for $2.75, a box of four for $11, a box of nine for $22, a box of 16 for $35, or a box of 24 for $48.

Contact the shop directly for special orders!

The Local Skate Shop

What: Skateboards, Accessories, Skate Apparel.
Where: 341 James Street North, or online

Credit: The Local Skate Shop

A fairly new James Street North addition, The Local Skate Shop offers a variety of skateboarding equipment and skate clothing brands, including snowboarding accessories!

Friends with a skater? Roll on down to 341 James Street North to grab a present for your four-wheeled pal.

Find hoodies and hats, stickers and decals, skate and snow boards, snowboarding boots, skating sneakers, socks, magazines, totes, sunglasses, cleaning supplies, accessories, and more.

They also offer tuning services- contact the store for more details.

Hamilton Farmer’s Market

What: Fresh Food, Baked Goods, Artisans.
Where: 35 York Boulevard

An atypical gift shopping spot, the Hamilton Farmer’s Market not only sells to-go meals, but fresh baked goods, clothes, flowers, and other artisans.

Located in Jackson Square, the shopping centre is open Tuesday, then Thursday through Saturday, from 9am-4pm.

Go for a stroll at 35 York Boulevard and find some unconventional holiday gifts!

Sarah Jessica Rintjema
Sarah Jessica Rintjema
Sarah Jessica Rintjema (she/her) is a music and arts journalist and live music photographer based in Hamilton, Ontario, and working within the GTHA. Besides running a Canadian arts promotional blog titled Sarah's Hotspot where she interviews local artists about recent single, album, and music video releases, Sarah Jessica hosts a podcast called HOTSHOTS where she dives deep into industry issues with local artists, which inspired her weekly radio show on Mohawk College's 101.5 The Hawk every Tuesday at 7PM, called HOTSHOTS On Air. You can contact Sarah Jessica through email, Instagram, or through the contact form on her website. Profile photo by Christopher Arndt.

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